California Aikido Association Instructor Pat Hendricks’ promotion to 7th dan

Pat Hendricks Sensei of Aikido of San Leandro was promoted to 7th dan at the annual Kagami Biraki celebration of the Aikikai Hombu Dojo held on January 9, 2012. Following her promotion, Pat journeyed to Japan to pick up her diploma in person where she was met by Doshu Moriteru Ueshiba. Here is a lovely photo of the two together shared on Facebook.

From the Aikido of San Leandro website:

“Pat Hendricks started studying Aikido in 1974 with Stan Pranin and Mary Heiny. In 1976 she moved to Iwama, Japan, to study with Saito Sensei Shihan. For the next 30 years, she returned to Japan over 25 times, during 6 years of which she trained as an uchi-deshi. She holds a menkyo kaiden in weapons certification and was certified to test for the U.S. She served as Saito Sensei’s representative for the U.S. and runs the Iwama division in the California Aikido Association (CAA). Her own dojo, Aikido of San Leandro, attracts students from all over the world, including Japan.”


  1. Tom Baldowski says:

    Congratulations to Pat Hendricks sensei on becoming the first female non-Japanese 7th dan in the world of Aikido (as far as I know). This is quite an accomplishment…

  2. I was in awe and greatly inspired by you when I first started studying Aikido back in Auckland New Zealand in the 80’s, and I was lucky enough to view video of you with Bruce Klickstein, and also Saito Sensei. Congratulations on your promotion to 7th Dan, and thank you so much for inspiring myself, and I am sure many Aikidoka worldwide throughout the years.
    Warmest regards
    Paul Araki-Metcalfe
    Dojo cho
    Aikido Alliance Australia

  3. An inspiration to Aikidoka and instructors everywhere. The deshi who train under you are fortunate to have such a wonderful role model and Shihan to train under. Keep leading the way.

  4. Toby Eshelman says:

    Congratulations Pat Sensei! Well deserved, and hope you are well.

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